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Kim K.’s Latest Topless Photo and Other Notes from the Week


We’re pleased to bring you “While You Were Out”—the Verily editors’ quick takes on the happenings of this week.

Kim Kardashian and Emily Ratajkowski Go Topless Together

So . . . remember a couple weeks ago when Kim Kardashian randomly (or, rather, quite predictably) tweeted a nude selfie, before defending it in the name of women’s empowerment the next day? Well this week, Kardashian has undressed again for the public eye, this time with Emily Ratajkowski in the same photo, while both of them flip off the camera. As Cosmopolitan put it, “The two have teamed up and stripped down together in what appears to be a public bathroom, their fingers clearly indicating how much they care what the world thinks of them.”

How does one even respond to this? You ask people to look at this photo, but then you flip them off. Ratajkowski tweeted out a series defending the photo, trying desperately to say that undressing means some lofty thing about women being liberated from something. Something greater than clothes, apparently. Something like society’s expectations for us to be good girls while men can be bad boys with no flack (even praise). I get her point, but undressing doesn’t do much for women’s empowerment in the real world. As I wrote earlier this week, spreading sexualized imagery of women doesn’t exactly help in the global cause for women to be liberated from injustices like harassment—it might actually make it worse. —Mary Rose Somarriba

A Fitting Way to Celebrate Shakespeare’s Anniversary

A group of celebrities have collaborated on a tribute album to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Led by singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, the album features Helena Bonham Carter, Carrie Fisher, William Shatner, Martha Wainwright, and Florence Welch, amongst others, lending their vocal talent to new musical arrangements of The Bard’s sonnets. Speaking to BillboardWainwright said, “Once you start to get into the sonnets it takes on this timeless, ageless, almost futuristic quality. So much of the language and so much of the sentiment is contemporary.” If the preview of Welch's take on “Sonnet 29” is anything to go by, the album (released April 22) is sure to be a musical treat. —Sophie Caldecott

A Judge Just Ruled That the Dickinson v. Cosby Case Will Proceed

Janice Dickinson's court case against Bill Cosby will move forward, a judge ruled on Tuesday. Dickinson was one of the thirty-five women who came forward in New York Magazine last May with stories of being sexually assaulted by the comedian. Despite the fact that the statute of limitations has passed on a sexual assault trial, Dickinson sued Cosby for defamation in May last year when he denied her claims that he drugged and raped her in 1982. This trial will allow a jury to "decide the credibility of Dickinson’s allegations and whether a statement by Cosby’s former lawyer branding her a liar was defamatory," Page Six reports. —SC

Men Get Body-Shamed, Too

Wentworth Miller recently penned a moving open letter in response to a meme mocking his post-Prison Break weight gain. Sharing his thoughts via his official Facebook page, the actor said: "In 2010, semi-retired from acting, I was keeping a low-profile for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I was suicidal." He described how he had battled depression since childhood, and said that "eating became the one thing I could look forward to" during the time that the photograph used in the meme was taken. Referring to the paparazzi photo that circulated with cruel headlines such as "fit to flab" and "hunk to chunk," he wrote: "Now, when I see that image of me in my red t-shirt, a rare smile on my face, I am reminded of my struggle. My endurance and my perseverance in the face of all kinds of demons." He ended the post with links to resources and help for people struggling with suicidal thoughts and depression. —SC

Newsflash: Women Are Leaving Jobs for Better Pay

Recently, news outlets have reported on the reasons women cite for leaving their jobs: apparently it’s because they’ve found jobs with higher salaries. Gasp? Not quite a newsflash that women might leave their job for a better one if they can get paid better elsewhere, but what is newsworthy is how it’s potentially one way to solve the wage gap problem—one woman at a time demanding better. —MRS

Speaking of Higher-Paying Women’s Jobs

It’s no secret that women are in the minority when it comes to positions in corporate America. In response, State Street Global Advisor has created a new exchange traded-fund (ETF) which invests in companies with the best gender parity scores across many industries. Trading under the ticker SHE, the ETF is partnered with the California Teacher's Retirement System on a charitable branch, which uses a portion of returns to provide opportunities for women in traditionally underrepresented careers.Among the 144 stocks that are represented in SHE, General Motors, Xerox, PepsiCo, and Yahoo all make the list for their female leadership. —Diana Stancy

Solving Wikipedia’s Sexism Problem, One Article at a Time

Multiple sources have confirmed that women are underrepresented on Wikipedia—both in its content and its contributors. After volunteering for a Wikipedia edit-a-thon in 2012, med student Emily Temple-Wood has dedicated the past few years to ensuring more women are represented on Wikipedia. Temple-Wood is an advocate for encouraging diversity of opinions and, in a recent interview, said that this is a part of survival.

As Rachel Wilkerson put it this week for Verily: “Data provides new opportunities to inform our understanding of history, including the full picture of women’s achievements in the past, and paves the way for the scientific pioneers of today.” Contributions like that of Temple-Wood’s deserve recognition, encouragement, and success. —DS

So Unicorns Did Exist, But They Were Pretty Ugly

Everyone’s been talking about how unicorns were real animals that went extinct around 29,000 years ago (more recently than was previously believed, as the American Journal of Applied Sciences reported). Before your inner 6-year-old gets too excited, though, be warned: It seems the not-so-mythical creatures looked rather a lot like hairy rhinos (sorry, Lisa Frank). —SC